Wednesday night, the Brantford Police Service received a missing person report for a 17-year-old Brantford resident.

Brent Brading-Searles went missing Wednesday afternoon after going with friends down to the Grand River behind Earl Haig Park to celebrate the end of school.

According to Jason Butler, one of the friends with Brading-Searles that afternoon, Brading-Searles wanted to swim across the river after an already long afternoon of swimming – and that was the last they saw of him.

The Brantford Police and Fire Department started searching first thing the morning after the report and spent most of Thursday searching the banks of the Grand River with no results.

OPP divers were called in Thursday afternoon to search the riverbed.

The divers recovered a body around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday that was later confirmed to be that of 17-year-old Brent Brading-Searles.

According to Brantford Police, the investigation continues as they try and piece together a full story of what happened.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Photo courtesy of Brantford Police Service.

Photo courtesy of Brantford Police Service.

Approximate area where Brading-Searles was found. Aerial courtesy of Google Maps.

Approximate area where Brading-Searles was found. Aerial courtesy of Google Maps.

About The Author

Nathanael Lewis is the Brantford Manager of Operations [BMO], based out of the WLUSP Brantford office. Before becoming the BMO, Nathanael was a volunteer with The Sputnik and eventually became the News Editor. He is currently in the Honours Journalism program at Laurier Brantford, looking to graduate in 2016. Nathanael enjoys spending time with his fiance and biking along the Grand River trails.

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